Cranberry-studded slice-and-bake cookies stack smoothly and ship easily, making them a suitable gift for faraway relatives.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add flour and salt; stir just until combined. Stir in dried cranberries. Divide dough into quarters.

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  • On parchment, shape each portion into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 4 inches long. Wrap logs tightly in parchment or plastic. Chill 30 minutes or up to 1 day. (Dough can be wrapped tightly in plastic and frozen up to 1 month.)

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. With a sharp knife, slice dough into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Rotate log as you cut to keep it from flattening. Place rounds on parchment-lined baking sheets, 1 inch apart.

  • Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges just begin to turn golden, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Reviews (4)

57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4.0 stars
12/21/2019
Delicious. I added pistachios. Very good!
Rating: 4.0 stars
12/21/2019
Delicious. I added pistachios. Very good!
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2018
This recipe works perfectly every time. I love the short ingredient list and minimal hands on time.
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Rating: Unrated
03/24/2013
This is my new favorite cookie, it replaces a cream cheese, orange, chocolate chip cookie that I have made for years. The ends of the roll don't come out as nicely formed, but I use those as 'taste tasters' as soon as they come out of the oven.
Rating: Unrated
01/01/2013
Two more tips you might enjoy....I roll the dough rolls in pink or red sugar, or sprinkles before chilling or freezing. They look really festive when baked. This year I added 1/2 tsp of orange oil to the batter (creamed with butter and sugar). The orange-cranberry flavor was delicious!
Rating: Unrated
01/01/2013
These are absolutely awesome - first holiday cookies I made this year. Always a favorite! The cranberries are easier to chop (without getting mushy) when frozen first. I now keep a small bag in the freezer so I can make them anytime. The dough rolls keep well in the freezer for a last minute hostess gift or for coffee with friends.
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